Blueberries are a summertime favorite. Ranging in color from blue-purple to deep blue black, they are covered with a silver sheen called a bloom.

One cup of blueberries contains 80 calories and 3.6 grams of fiber. If you are looking for an excellent source of manganese, you found it.  Blueberries contain this mineral which is essential for bone development and converting protein, carbohydrates and fat to energy.

Did you know?
Early American colonists made grey paint by boiling blueberries in milk.

What should you look for when you buy them?
Choose firm, plump, dry blueberries with dusty blue color that are uniform in size.

How should you store them?
Refrigerate blueberries for 10 to 14 days.

How to use
Visit the Saint Peter’s Better Health Library to find smoothie and tart recipes featuring healthy blueberries.

 Laura Vetter, RDN, CDE, CSO, CSP, Outpatient Nutritionist, Saint Peter’s University Hospital, is the author of this #AsktheSPnuritionist blog.  She counsels patients on healthy eating. Reach out to her at nutritionist@saintpetersuh.com to make an appointment.

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